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The announcement by BSI today is undoubtedly unexpected. Given the circumstances of the situation, the media posed the obvious question about whether this was a strategy of breaking the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association. Here is what International Relations Vice President Mac McLachlan and BSI attorney responded.


Mac McLachlan - International Relations Vice President, ASR


“That’s completely incorrect we have and continue to have a dialogue with BSCFA we want to continue to have that dialogue to BSCFA leadership but you have to remember that all thee cane farmers are effectively members of the BSCFA and they will have a voice and I think all what we are doing offering independently to cane farmers is just giving them that voice it is our perception that we are dealing with a lot of talking with a lot of different cane farmers in the field as we have been and many of them want to have that choice and I think that is exactly what we decided to give them we are not precluding to this we continue to talk with the BSCFA and we hope that at the end that every cane farmer will be out to deliver their cane that is what we would like to see.”

Screen_Shot_2014-11-10_at_8.26.09_PMMichael Young – BSI legal Counsel


“For everyone concerned BSI/ASR/FARMERS it is about commercial viability it is not about TV, news, dramatics it is about money that is the dealing here and that is what has to inform the operations of this industry  so it is only after these difficult negotiations that we reach the point where the BSCFA had it provision, BSI had it provision and no meeting between those two are we going to allow to stop the commencement of the crop no so the idea is that this is some break the box of the BSCFA is not the case in fact so the intent really is to move through for the benefit of all.”


The company let the bomb go on the BSCFA today as well and this afternoon they were in a meeting about the matter. But while the BSCFA absorbs the news and contemplates on its implications, is there any room for them to counter the company’s move through the law? The company’s attorney says they can but their argument would not hold much weight.


Michael Young – BSI legal Counsel


“By an order of the 17th of May 2010 which was consented to and that is very important by all the parties it was agreed that the sugar industry act would be amended to reflect that you do not have to be a member of the  BSCFA, this is the concept of freedom of association and freedom of engage in trade it is recognize and was recognized by all that to insist as a member of the cane farmer Association  was violation of persons rights so this concept doesn’t really comes from BSI this concepts comes from cane farmers who has demonstrated for whatever reason wanted to be a part of a new association, another association or be a part of no association and so that in those circumstances in my opinion is that a legal challenge would not be strong.”


Today we spoke with the New Chairman of the Committee of Management at the BSCFA who said they have responded to the BSI’s letter and will address the matter with the press tomorrow.

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